Anyone wish iTunes had something like this?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by trifid, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. trifid macrumors 65816

    trifid

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    Anyone wish iTunes had something like this?

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    I've always wanted to have any recently added albums frontmost. Usually the newly added album is the one that I wanna have handy to play. Wouldn't this be a common type of usage?

    Surprisingly iTunes doesn't have a great interface for that kind of usage AFAIK. Sure one can do a smart playlist, but it wouldn't be the same.

    Am I the only one desperately wanting something like the screenshot above?
     
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    A smart playlist can do "date added." Would that work for you?
     
  3. LV426 macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't do much for me.

    What I'd really like to see is the iTunes store where you can filter on media type. For example, I very often use it to search for movies, and mostly music, books etc. are a distraction for me in the search results. And then, I'd like the ability to filter exclusively on HD content, as I generally do not purchase SD movies.
     
  4. trifid, Feb 7, 2014
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    trifid thread starter macrumors 65816

    trifid

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    As I hinted in the OP it wouldn't be the same. The problem is that a smart playlist isn't as good for 'presentation', it's good as a list where you can shuffle multiple albums, but not as good for picking and listening to one particular album.

    To be specific, a smart playlist presents albums as "list view". In contrast, the album view that I posted on my screenshot is "icon view". This means that one can have a nice graphical overview that's album-centric as opposed to a metadata-centric list view.

    The other significant difference is this: if you do shuffle on smart playlist, it'll shuffle all albums. However, if you do shuffle on the 'icon view' view it'll just shuffle the album chosen. This is a seemingly minor, but important difference in usability.

    Another detail is that in list view only 1-3 albums may be visible at any time, whereas on 'icon view' several more albums are visible. Therefore 'browsing' an album for easy playback on a smart playlist would take more scrolling/searching than in icon view.
     
  5. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I see your point and well stated. I find several areas where Apple seems to drop the ball on hardware and software. I'll chalk this one as a logical option that was omitted.
     

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